National coordinator for the
HORIZON 2020 program

Summary UK Participants eligibility and guarantees


  • Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions
  • Secure, clean and efficient energy
  • Secure societies - Protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens
  • Europe in a changing world - inclusive, innovative and reflective Societies
  • European Research Council
  • Európsky inovačný a technologický inštitút
  • Information and communication technologies
  • Smart, green and integrated transport
  • Nanotechnologies, advanced materials, advanced manufacturing and processing, biotechnology
  • Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials
  • Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research
  • Právne, finančné a etické otázky
  • Access to risk finance
  • Spreading excellence and widening participation
  • Spojené výskumné centrum (JRC)
  • Future and emerging technologies
  • Science with and for Society
  • Space
  • Research infrastructures
  • Health, demographic change and wellbeing

At the request of some of you and Horizon 2020 applicants from across Europe, please find below and attached an up-to-date clarification on the eligibility of UK participants under Horizon 2020.

I hope the information will help you support your communities, and encourage you to share it more widely.


Summary UK Participants eligibility and guarantees


▪          UK partners are fully eligible to all Horizon 2020 instruments at least while the UK is still a member of the EU and encourage to continue to apply to the programme in the usual way.

▪          The UK and EU’s intention is that the eligibility of UK researchers and businesses to participate in Horizon 2020 will remain unchanged for the remaining duration of the programme – as set out in the Withdrawal Agreement.

▪          The European Commission added clarifications in its latest version of the H2020 Expert briefing:

▪          UK organisations that secure funding through EU programmes, from now until the end of 2020, will be guaranteed by the UK government even in a no deal scenario.

▪          In the unlikely case of a no-deal scenario, UK researchers and businesses will be able to apply to and participate in all those Horizon 2020 calls open to third country participants from the date of exit, with funding provided via the extended guarantee (with the UK Treasury underwriting the payments of awards, even when specific projects continue beyond the UK’s departure from the EU).

▪          Third country participation does not extend to European Research Council (ERC) grants, some Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) and the SME instrument.

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